Thursday, April 13, 2017


Furious 7 is directed by James Wan and stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, and Jason Statham. The plot of the movie is Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother.   I am happy to say that just like 5 and 6 this is a ton of fun. It's a big stupid dumb time with cars flying out of airplanes and using parachutes explosions and fistfights these are all great things.  The production of this movie faced a big problem when Paul Walker tragically passed away.    There are aspects of this movie that do feel very convoluted, the plot seems like it's happening in two different movies at times and it is unfortunately painfully obvious when CGI Paul Walker is around. I am not going to doc those things against the movie.    I was satisfied with this movie. It is a fitting send-off for Paul Walker's character. I think they handled that as best they could. The action as silly as it gets as this series goes on is still a lot of fun to watch. The characters continue to be likable.    I do have two big problems with this movie. The first is that one of my favorite things to happen in this series was The Rock as Hobbs helped make 5 and 6 better than they could have been. He's barely in this movie. My second issue is James Wan's filming when it came to the hand-to-hand combat scenes. He chooses to go with the hyperactive high frame rate quick-cut editing. There isn't shaky cam, but the high frame rate and quick cuts make it hard to tell what is going on. I will give them a pass on the fact that sometimes the plot is convoluted since I am sure that is a result of what happened.  4 out of 5 stars for Furious 7.

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